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Riley Pilipanko

Dec. 16, 1943-Nov. 30, 2012

December 13, 2012
Minot Daily News

Riley Pilipanko, 68, of Hatton, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at his home.

Riley was born Dec. 16, 1943, near Butte, the son of Mike and Lena (Eisenrich) Pilipanko. After his schooling, he entered the Navy and was honorably discharged on Jan. 5, 1962.

He married Carol F. Kizima on May 24, 1975, in Minot. The couple made their home in Minot, and in 1983 moved to Benedict. They moved to Northwood in 1986. Riley started working at the Uglem-Ness Company as a diesel mechanic and continued working there for the past 26 years. Riley moved into Hatton in 2007 after the tornado that hit Northwood, and he had resided there since.

Riley was known as a wonderful, caring man who would help anyone out. He loved going hunting and fishing. Riley enjoyed watching the modified truck and tractor pulls every year in Mountain. He was an excellent mechanic, and if you were just fixing something in your yard, he was out there giving a hand. He was known by the neighborhood as Hardware Riley's because more than likely he would have that little piece of whatever you broke or had lost.

He is survived by: his daughter, Nicole Haahr, of Florence, Ariz.; two sons, Jason Pilipanko, of Phoenix, Ariz., and Brian Pilipanko, of Clearlake Oaks, Calif.; three grandchildren, Shaiann Pilipanko, Julia Haahr and Blaine Melfald; and three brothers, Eugene, Rollie and Dale Pilipanko.

Riley was preceded in death by his parents and son-in-law, Bob Haahr.

There will be a memorial gathering at the Hatton Community Center in Hatton, on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, from 1 to 4 p.m., for family and friends to honor Riley's life. Family and friends can sign his guestbook at (

(Baker Funeral Home, Mayville)



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